‘Pathways to Employment’ programme opening doors

By Sharon Suhren Principal of Fiamalamalama ,

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Furthering their knowledge and experience gives them confidence and ability.

Furthering their knowledge and experience gives them confidence and ability.

With the celebration of “International Day of Youth” this week, I’d like to share a bit about our “Pathways for Employment” programme with your readers.

Fiamalamalama School has been working really hard for four years now to establish it. 

And it started with reviving its vocational activities for its young students, especially  its adult students who have been in the school for some time but aren’t quite sure what they can do or would like to do to contribute and be part of the community. 

Because of the inconsistency of programme due to lack of skills and resources, we never realised the problem until we really looked at what our students can do as well as where the teachers understanding was with vocation. 

From that we chose to focus on three main areas and kept it simple for both students and teacher. 

We also seek some support and we were able to get technical support through the Australian and Japanese volunteer programme. 

Sharon Suhren Principal of Fiamalamalama.
Sharon Suhren Principal of Fiamalamalama.
USP Open Day -some of our students are really into Agriculture and they come back and implement new ideas at school.
USP Open Day -some of our students are really into Agriculture and they come back and implement new ideas at school.

We also got funding for the resources we needed. Now the program has made such good progress and we are seeing endless possibilities we wanted to share some of that with the wider community while acknowledging the support given to us by kind people who donated their time and resources and those who are making it possible. 

To all of you who have helped Fiamalamalama in one way or another we the Board, parents, student and the staff would like to extend our sincere thank you for your support of what we do. We hope the Good Lord will continue to bless you so you will continue to bless others

And if you have a child with a disability who would like to find out what they can do and realised their potential please come and see if the school has the right support for your child. For the aim of this program is to build up their confidence and their potential to enhance their chances of been employed or generating an income. And to support them into a gradual transition to Employment.

This is just one example of how the school has enhanced its program to accommodate the need of the clients they have while supporting their transition into the workforce and community. If you want to find out more you are welcome to visit the school. Contact Ms Sharon Suhren at 23818

 Have a great International Youth Day Samoa.

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